Criminal Defence Service (CDS)

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The Criminal Defence Service (CDS) guarantees that people under police investigation or facing criminal charges can get legal advice and representation.

By ensuring that people accused of crimes have access to legal advice and representation, the CDS also helps the police and courts operate fairly and efficiently.

The CDS is run by the LSC in partnership with criminal defence lawyers and representatives.

Criminal legal aid offers:

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For free, confidential and independent legal advice visit the Community Legal Advice website.

The LSC itself is unable to provide legal advice or information. Case specific queries should be directed to your local office.

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Last updated: 28 April 2010

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